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An estimated 3.76 billion bags or 20,700 tonnes of plastic are disposed of in landfill sites throughout Australia every year.

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Why Buy Recycled Products
Creating a strong market for recycled products is key to completing the recycling process or "closing the loop." Consumers close the loop when they purchase products made from recycled materials. Products made from recycled materials are equal in quality and sometimes lower in price compared to other products made from virgin materials.  When you buy products with post-consumer content, be it 20%, 30% or 100%, it encourages companies to use recyclable materials in their products and decreases the amount of recyclable materials in landfills.

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Reuse Your Shopping Bag
Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web. Hundreds of thousands of marine animals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.  Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide, over 1 million per minute, and most of that ends up as litter. Take reusable bags to the grocery store whenever possible.
Re-Using Waste: Good for the Environment, your Pocketbook, and Others
Even recycling takes up energy and resources. By re-using something as much as we can means that goods are only recycled when they can be used no longer. At home, if you re-use scrap clothes for cloths, and use lemons, vinegar and baking soda for cleaning rather than buying highly manufactured cleaning products, watch the supermarket bill fall over the year. Re-using also includes buying second-hand, which is almost always cheaper than buying new and works just as well. Committing to re-using waste can help others, such as donations to charities or giving items away.
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